Ian Davies
Non-executive Deputy Chairman


Ian Davies was appointed a non-executive Director in 2006 and Deputy Chairman in 2010. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Sub-Committee, a member of the Audit Sub-Committee and Chairman of BMT’s Employee Benefit Trust.


Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held a number of non-executive Director and Chairman positions. He was previously a Visiting Fellow of the Department of Strategy at Cranfield University School of Management and a partner at Coopers & Lybrand. He is currently a non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee at ASK Europe Plc and Harvey Nash Plc.


Frances Heaton
Non-executive Director


Frances Heaton was appointed a nonexecutive Director in 2007 and is Chairman of the Audit Sub-Committee, a member of the Investment Sub-Committee and a Trustee of BMT’s Employee Benefit Trust.


Frances worked at HM Treasury before joining Lazard where she was a Corporate Finance Director, including two years as Director General of the Take-over Panel. She has been a non-executive Director of a number of companies and of the Court of the Bank of England. Frances is currently Chairman of Schroders Pension Trustee Limited and the Lazard London Directors Pension Scheme.


Jan Kopernicki CMG
Non-executive Director


Jan Kopernicki was appointed a non-executive Director in 2014 and is a member of the Investment and Remuneration Sub-Committees.


Jan is a non-executive Director of J&J Denholm Ltd and Nordic Tankers Holding AB. A Leicester University graduate and Fellow of the Society of Biology, he retired in 2011 after 40 years with Shell, where he was a member of the Shell Trading Executive Committee and Group Function Head for Shipping. Jan was Chairman of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping and Chairman of Maritime UK. He served as a Trustee of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Chair of the Nominations Committee. He is an Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve and was appointed CMG in 2012.


Professor Minoo Patel
Non-executive Director


Minoo Patel was appointed a non-executive Director in 2010. He is a member of the Audit Sub-Committee and is Chairman of the Innovation Board.


Minoo is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Development in the School of Engineering at Cranfield University, an independent Director of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, a Director of BPP Technical Services Ltd and of BPP Cables Ltd. He has worked since 1976 on the engineering of offshore oil & gas exploration and production structures and the associated subsea systems, with the application of this experience to maritime renewable energy in recent years.


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